We really needed some help.
Do you ever have one of those days where you are so overwhelmed, or busy, or exhausted that just the thought of cooking makes you want to give up even before you start? We used to answer that by going out to eat, but now we can’t eat out due to all our dietary preferences (notice I’m not calling them restrictions anymore! More on this later).
I have often heard the phrase: “You have to make the rules so it’s easy for you to win.” Well, cooking a big dinner was not winning for me, and I had to find a way to entertain my very attention-demanding toddler who is finally having her last two molars come in… Yes, teething. Yes, a 2 year old. That mix usually means there is suddenly a vast amount of Mommy attention required in order to function properly.
And we hadn’t been to the store in about a week, so we were low on just about everything, except fruit. So we were hungry, tired, out of most of our food, and needing a project.
The answer? Mini Fruit Kabobs.
All you have to do is cut up the fruit and put it on a toothpick. That’s really it. That’s making it easy to win.
This kept my daughter’s attention the whole time, and during the process she ate an entire banana by herself, so she was much happier by the end of the process. Another win.
Now this did not completely replace our meal, but it gave us energy and a happier mood in order to make a super easy dinner. Sometimes it just takes a little something like this to get me started so cooking doesn’t seem like such an uphill battle. It makes cooking dinner seem more like… a piece of cake…
You can use any fruit you have on hand, just remember the food combining rules for fruits. There is a great PDF called “Food Combining Chart” you can look at for reference, but here it is in a nutshell:
- Melons are stand-alone fruits… don’t mix them with other fruits.
- Pineapple, papaya and mango can be mixed with anything, as they aid digestion.
- Sweet and sub-acid fruits can mix.
- Sub-acid and Acid fruits can mix.
- Do not mix Sweet and Acid fruits.
In this recipe we used bananas, apricots, blueberries and sweet grapes, but you can use what you already have in your kitchen, and what you feel inspired to eat.
Mini Fruit Kabobs
- Really whatever fruit you have on hand but I used:
- 2 Bananas
- 2 Apricots
- Knife and cutting board
- Slice bananas and apricots into bite-sized pieces.
- Organize fruits so it is easy to make an assembly line, then place them in your desired order on the toothpicks.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!